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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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Safety, speed, communication

the dangers of riding

Vehicle shots place the camera and operator in dangerous positions. For example, you will often find that you are sitting at bumper level between two vehicles. If something were to go wrong, you are the point of initial impact. Set up a system by which you remain safe and alive.

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If the vehicle is big enough, have one person, usually a grip, ride with you. His sole responsibility is to watch for impending danger and do what it takes to stop the shot, the vehicles, and save you. This isn't something your assistant can do; he or she is busy pulling focus. The assistant director (AD) has too much ...

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